FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Great Barrington, Mass.—The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center adds two high-definition screenings to its programming: an encore of Fire Shut Up in My Bones from the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday, February 12; and The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage from London’s National Theatre on Saturday, April 9.
Fire Shut Up in My Bones
Following acclaim and high turnout for the premiere screening of Fire Shut Up in My Bones last fall, the Metropolitan Opera announced a national encore date of Saturday, February 12 at 1 p.m., coinciding with Black History Month.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir, which The New York Times praised after its 2019 world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as “bold and affecting” and “subtly powerful.” The first opera by a Black composer presented on the Met stage and featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown—two of the creators of the Met’s sensational recent production of Porgy and Bess—co-direct this new staging. Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera’s most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie.
The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage
National Theatre’s production of The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage will screen Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m.
Set twelve years before the epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits Philip Pullman’s fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing.
Two young people and their demons, with everything at stake, find themselves at the center of a terrifying manhunt. In their care is a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua, and in that child lies the fate of the future. And as the waters rise around them, powerful adversaries conspire for mastery of Dust: salvation to some, the source of infinite corruption to others.
Eighteen years after his ground-breaking production of His Dark Materials at the National Theatre, director Nicholas Hytner returns to Pullman’s parallel universe. Broadcast from London’s Bridge Theatre.
Tickets and Saftey Protocols
Tickets go on sale to Mahaiwe Members on Thursday, November 11 at 12 p.m., and to the public on Saturday, November 13 at 12 p.m.
Tickets to Fire Shut Up in My Bones are $25 or $10 for those 21 and under. Tickets to The Book of Dust are $17 or $10 for those 21 and under. All tickets must be purchased in advance at mahaiwe.org or by calling 413-528-0100 during Box Office hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Proof of vaccination (or recent COVID test) and ID are required for admission, and masks are worn at all times in the theater. For further information about COVID-19 safety protocols, see mahaiwe.org/update.
About the Mahaiwe
Located in downtown Great Barrington, Mass., the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is the year-round presenter of world-class music, dance, theater, classic films, Live in HD broadcasts, and arts education programs for the southern Berkshires and neighboring regions. The intimate jewel box of a theater opened in 1905. Since 2005, the performing arts center has hosted over 1,500 events and welcomed over half a million people through its doors. More than 22,000 students from 73 different schools have benefited from the Mahaiwe’s school-time performances and residencies. For more information, see mahaiwe.org.